1. Hot Tours: U2, Luis Miguel, Alejandro Fernandez

    June 03, 2011 6:15 PM EDT U 2 is back in familiar territory, topping the latest Hot Tours ranking with $32.5 million in ticket sales reported from three recent dates on the band's ongoing 360° Tour. Mexico City's Estadio Azteca drew 282,978 fans for performances on May 11, 14 and 15 with a combined total of …

  2. Lady Gaga 'Born This Way': Track-By-Track Review

    May 23, 2011 6:00 AM EDT L ady Gaga's "Born This Way" album is her first as an international superstar -- and in her mind, as queen leader to a needy coven of "little monsters," outsiders who for one reason or another don't fit into the mainstream. Lady Gaga: The 'Born This Way'…

  3. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorite Charted Odd Couples

    May 20, 2011 3:05 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. READERS'…

  4. Weekly Chart Notes: Lady Gaga, Steven Tyler, Romeo Santos

    May 19, 2011 6:55 PM EDT THE LOVE OF 'GLORY': As previously reported , Lady Gaga blasts onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 3 with "The Edge of Glory." The third single from "Born This Way," due Monday (May 23), follows the title cut, which spent its first six chart weeks at No. 1…

  5. Lady Gaga, Jason Derulo, Lady Antebellum Win Big at BMI Pop Music Awards

    May 18, 2011 11:05 AM EDT L ady Gaga , Jason Derul o and JR Rotem were saluted as BMI's pop songwriters of the year Tuesday evening (May 17) at the organization's 59th annual Pop Music Awards. Earning pop song of the year honors was the Lady Antebellum hit "Need You Now," while Sony/ATV Songs LLC…

  6. Lauryn Hill, Wyclef, Mellencamp to Make New Orleans Jazz Fest Debuts

    April 29, 2011 10:57 AM EDT Wyclef Jean , Cyndi Lauper , John Mellencamp , Lauryn Hill and Fantasia will make first-time appearances at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, joining a lineup of familiar acts for the 43rd annual tradition that opens Friday at a race track in this Mississippi River city. "This…

  7. Dom Does Lady Gaga's 'Alejandro'

    April 18, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Everyone pop fan in the world knows Lady Gaga 's "Alejandro," but no one has ever heard it quite like this. In this week's Mashup Monday, Massachusetts rockers Dom employ falsetto, accordion and tambourine to perform Gaga's megahit in their own way. Photos: Dom's…

  8. Sound & Vision: RedOne and 10 Other Producers Ruling Music

    April 01, 2011 4:10 PM EDT They produce the songs that make the whole world sing -- and dance, and mosh, and head-bob, and do the country two-step. RedOne and 10 other producers who rule the music universe: RedOne Five years ago, the Billboard Hot 100 was a safe haven for the type of funked-up electro Timbaland was…

  9. RedOne: The Billboard Cover Q&A

    April 01, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Five years ago, the Billboard Hot 100 was a safe haven for the type of funked-up electro Timbaland was making for Keri Hilson and Justin Timberlake , but relatively free of techno-synth choruses and strobe-light breakdowns. America has certainly had its dalliances with Euro-style dance music,…

  10. Lady Gaga Leaps To Record-Tying No. 1 On Pop Songs

    March 28, 2011 1:05 PM EDT L ady Gaga 's "Born This Way" bounds 2-1 to become her seventh No. 1 on Billboard's Pop Songs chart, tying her with P!nk and Rihanna for most leaders on the 18-year-old Nielsen BDS-based radio airplay ranking. Not a bad present for the singer born Stefani Germanotta, who…

  11. Katy Perry Covers Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' in Paris

    March 08, 2011 8:54 AM EST K aty Perry may have had her quibbles with Lady Gaga's "Alejandro" video, but she sure seems to be a fan of her fellow pop star's new single. Video: Katy Perry covers Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" During her concert at Paris' Le Zenith on Monday (Mar. 7),…

  12. Lady Gaga 'Born This Way' Video to Debut Monday

    February 25, 2011 2:41 PM EST La dy Gaga fans should be thanking their Mother Monster, because they won't have to wait nearly as long to see the "Born This Way" music video as they did to hear the song. The clip will premiere next Monday (Feb. 28) at 11 am ET on the website of celeb blogger and Gaga pal…

  13. Grammys 2011 Winners List

    February 13, 2011 7:30 PM EST Check here for winners in the major categories of the 53rd annual Grammy Awards: Grammys 2011 Main Page RECORD OF THE YEAR WINNER: "Need You Now," Lady Antebellum "Nothin' On You," B.o.B Featuring Bruno Mars "Love The Way You Lie," Eminem Featuring Rihanna …

  14. New Pornographers Call On Horatio Sanz, Ted Leo in Drag for 'Moves'

    February 07, 2011 5:40 PM EST Former "Saturday Night Live" cast member? Check. Cocaine-covered pizza? Check. Ted Leo as a woman? Check again! The New Pornographers' just-premiered video for "Moves" possesses all this and more. Presented as a trailer for a mock film -- "Moves: The Rise and…

  15. Hot Tours: Usher, Dave Matthews Band, Phish

    December 27, 2010 10:56 AM EST Usher takes hold of the No. 1 rung on Hot Tours with box office totals reported from the November dates on his OMG Tour that kicked off on Nov. 10 in Seattle. The R&B entertainer grossed $11.3 million from 12 performances. Toronto's Air Canada Centre sold the most tickets among the…

  16. Chart Beat: Best Of 2010: Part 2

    December 15, 2010 2:35 PM EST Through the end of the year, Chart Beat is looking back at the biggest achievements on Billboard's charts in 2010. From "Empire State of Mind" to "California Gurls," Lady Gaga to Lady Antebellum, B.o.B to "OMG," "Fearless" to "Not Afraid,"…

  17. Video Ban: 30 Seconds to Mars Too Sexual For MTV

    November 30, 2010 2:00 PM EST Jared Leto and his arena rock outfit 30 Seconds to Mars have always produced cinematic music videos that strive to push the envelope, but this time they may have pushed too far. The band released a 13-minute video for its song, "Hurricane," to MTV yesterday (Nov. 29) only to be…

  18. Alejandro Sanz Back in Venezuela Despite Tension with Chavez

    November 17, 2010 8:36 AM EST Spanish pop star Alejandro Sanz is in Venezuela to perform for the first time in years after concerts in 2007 and 2008 were canceled amid friction between the entertainer and President Hugo Chavez's government. Sanz was in the western city of Maracaibo on Tuesday (Nov. 16) to sing in the…

  19. Patti Smith, Jackson Browne, Cyndi Lauper Toast Lennon's Legacy at Concert

    November 15, 2010 5:05 PM EST "I looked to Yoko [Ono] for how to carry oneself as a widow," Patti Smith told concertgoers Friday (Nov. 12) at the 30th annual John Lennon Tribute Concert at New York City's Beacon Theater, just before ripping into "Oh Yoko!" Ono was not at the performance, a benefit…

  20. 2010 Latin Grammys: 10 Things You Didn't See on TV

    November 12, 2010 8:52 AM EST Not all the action at the 2010 Latin Grammys took place on the stage. Here's 10 memorable moments that you dind't see on TV. 1. Alejandro Sanz , winner of Best Male Pop Album, gave a sharp answer when asked if Bolivian president Evo Morales had influenced Hugo Chávez's decision…

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